My plan was to BF until 12months and then slowly wean. However I have been done for a good month now. Well ready to be done... I'm fed up. I thought it would pass and I gave it time but I'm really unhappy everytime I need to sit down and nurse. I'm sick of nursing 6+ times a night, I'm sick of nursing her to sleep for naps. I'm just plain tired of it. And since I have felt this way for over a month now I don't think it's going away.
So I'm ready to start. But I don't know where to begin.
DD is 11 months. She can't drink formula or cows milk because it makes her throw up (well I assume cows milk would, formula and yogurt do). She refuses to drink soy formula, soy milk, rice milk and sweetened vanilla rice milk. She drinks some water but not a lot. So I cannot just replace a nursing session with a bottle. She will drink watered down apple juice sometimes but not always and I'd rather she drink water than juice anyway.
So this is what I was thinking. Please tell me if this is a good start and please help me figure out what the next step would be. I do want to do this kindly, at least as kindly as possible.
DD eats 3 meals a day and sometimes a snack. So I was thinking of increasing that and adding another snack (or two?) so that I am sure she is getting more nutrients. I fully expect this process to take months so by the time I am done she will be over a year old.
Also I don't know how to just drop a nursing session. It sounds simple but it's not. If I have nothing to replace it with how do I just drop it? Give her a snack then? Distract her?
Will she start being more interested in drinks/fluids when I start reducing her milk? I'm afraid she'll get dehydrated if she doesn't drink more water or anything to replace the milk.
My husband suggested I start pumping and bottle feeding... wean her from the breast but not the milk and then wean from the milk later. Is this a better option?